Zach Wilt: A few thoughts on Trey Mancini's improved eye at the plate

Zach Wilt: A few thoughts on Trey Mancini's improved eye at the plate
A look through the Orioles stats is a pretty fun trip these days. You get to see Manny Machado's name quite a bit. He's the team's leader in batting average, home runs, RBIs, on-base percentage, hits, slugging percentage, WAR and I'm sure a bunch of other categories. It's no surprise, given the success the Orioles shortstop has had at the plate this season. He continues to amaze each and every night and sometimes it's hard to look past Machado to see what the rest of the O's offense is...
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"MASN All Access" podcast: How Michael Taylor creates other birds as the Orioles logo

"MASN All Access" podcast: How Michael Taylor creates other birds as the Orioles logo
You've seen them on Twitter. You've liked them and shared them with your fellow Orioles fans. But exactly how do those pictures of other birds as the Orioles logo come to fruition? Paul and I have a special guest on this edition of the "MASN All Access" podcast, as Michael Taylor, founder and creater of the Other Birds as the Orioles Logo account on Twitter (@SmilingBirdLogo), joins us via Skype to discuss his artistic creations that have taken Birdland by storm. Michael gives us the...
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Opposite dugout: Behind balanced roster, Red Sox have sights set on World Series

Opposite dugout: Behind balanced roster, Red Sox have sights set on World Series
Manager: Alex Cora (1st season)Record: 29-14 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Mookie Betts (.353 with 13 HR, 28 RBIs); DH J.D. Martinez (.344 with 12 HR, 36 RBIs); SS Xander Bogaerts (.306 with 12 2B); LHP David Price (3-4, 4.89 ERA); RHP Rick Porcello (5-1, 3.28 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (2.45 ERA, 13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: May 17: RHP Kevin Gausman (3-2) vs. LHP David Price (3-4), 7:10 p.m., MASNMay 18: RHP Alex Cobb (0-5) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-1), 7:10...
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Josh Michael: Shorebirds have gotten dominant work from Michael Baumann

Josh Michael: Shorebirds have gotten dominant work from Michael Baumann
Most Orioles fans are now well aware that the low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are off to a phenomenal start to the 2018 season. One of the big reasons why has been their starting pitching and right-hander Michael Baumann has led their stout rotation. Baumann, 22, was selected by the Orioles last June in the third round of the First-Year Player Draft out of Jacksonville University. It marked the second straight year the O's used their third-round pick on a Jacksonville player after selecting...
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Andrew Stetka: Machado's MVP case could be unique

Andrew Stetka: Machado's MVP case could be unique
We may not be to Memorial Day yet, but it's not too early to start examining candidates for Most Valuable Player. The Orioles have their own this year, and it's a familiar face. Manny Machado is going to be in the conversation all season long, no matter what team he is playing for by the end of it. The 25-year-old has already twice finished in the top five in MVP voting in his career, placing fourth in 2015 before coming in fifth two seasons ago. Only five other players have sniffed the top...
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Opposite Dugout: Rebuilding Phillies have surprised in early going

Opposite Dugout: Rebuilding Phillies have surprised in early going
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 23-16 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (7 HR, 28 RBIs), LF Rhys Hoskins (5 HR, 25 RBIs), CF Odúbel Herrara (.360, 24 RBIs),1B Carlos Santana (7 HR, 27 RBIs), RHP Nick Pivetta (2-2, 4.15 ERA), RHP Héctor Neris (8 saves)Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-3 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 15: RHP Nick Pivetta (2-2) vs. Andrew Cashner (1-4), 7:05 p.m., MASN2May 16: RHP: Vince Velasquez (3-4) vs.TBA, 12:35 p.m. MASN Inside...
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Opposite dugout: Rays challenged to be little more than a pesky foe

Opposite dugout: Rays challenged to be little more than a pesky foe
Manager: Kevin Cash (4th year) Record: 15-19 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Mallex Smith (.326/.407/.421 with 8 SB), C Wilson Ramos (.313 with 4 HR, 18 RBIs), 2B Daniel Robertson (.289), 1B C.J. Cron (7 HR, 20 RBIs), LHP Blake Snell (4-2, 2.40 ERA), RHP Alex Colomé (6 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-2 Pitching probables: May 11: RHP Jake Faria (3-1) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (2-2), 7:05 p.m., MASN May 12: RHP Chris Archer (2-2) vs. TBA , 3:05 p.m., MASN2 May 12: TBA vs. RHP Alex Cobb...
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Josh Michael: Rifaela, McKenna making strong early impressions

Josh Michael: Rifaela, McKenna making strong early impressions
The Orioles may not be playing as well as all fans had hoped, but there is some good baseball being played down on the farm. Two of the lesser-known outfield prospects in the organization, Ademar Rifaela and Ryan McKenna, are off to fantastic starts. Rifaela, 23, has been in the organization since 2013, when he played for the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Orioles as an 18-year old after being signed by the O's as an international free agent out of Curacao. As his body matured, so too...
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Orioles, Advocates donate baseball equipment to local fan bound for Rwanda

Orioles, Advocates donate baseball equipment to local fan bound for Rwanda
Rwanda is a small nation in east central Africa, dominated by rainy seasons that drench mountains to the west and savannas to the east. Green bananas are a mainstay of the country's agricultural commerce, occupying more than a third of its farmland. Other exported crops include potatoes, wheat, maize and coffee. But if 11-year-old Jack Fones has his way, baseball will soon be introduced to the African country where activities like soccer, cross-country mountain biking and basketball are the...
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"MASN All Access" podcast: Making sense of winless road trip

"MASN All Access" podcast: Making sense of winless road trip
Well, there's no way to really sugarcoat it, but the Orioles are not playing great. After an 0-6 road trip in California, the Birds are now 8-26 on the season. Paul Mancano and I are back on the "MASN All Access" podcast to try to make sense of the West Coast swing on the Orioles' off-day. Yes, it doesn't look good right now. But there are some positives we point to as the Orioles come back home. Manny Machado is playing really well. Mark Trumbo has been hitting strong since his return...
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Andrew Stetka: Bundy and Gausman continue to progress

Andrew Stetka: Bundy and Gausman continue to progress
The Orioles are getting exactly what they need from one of their keys to a successful season. That sounds strange to say for a team that has the worst record in baseball, but if you look back about six weeks, there was one big thing everyone was pointing to as crucial to the team's success. It's the development of their two young starting pitchers, Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. The pair has been great, there's no other way to put it really. Both have taken steps to be productive members of...
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Zach Wilt: Defense has let down Orioles this season

Zach Wilt: Defense has let down Orioles this season
It's easy to point to the Orioles' struggles on offense and in the bullpen for their 8-23 record. You don't have the American League's worst winning percentage when your bats and arms are going good. There are many stats to point to and blame for the O's place in the standings. A 25.2 strikeout percentage is one of them, it's the highest in the AL and third in baseball behind the Padres and Phillies. A 4.37 ERA for the bullpen is another, nearly half a run higher than their total a season...
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Opposite dugout: For A's, bats have produced better than arms

Opposite dugout: For A's, bats have produced better than arms
Manager: Bob Melvin (8th year) Record: 15-16 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Jed Lowrie (.346/.399/.614 qurg 8 HR, 30 RBIs), LF Khris Davis (7 HR, 23 RBIs), 3B Matt Chapman (6 HR, 15 RBIs), SS Marcus Semien (13 RBIs), RHP Trevor Cahill (1-1, 3.00 ERA), RHP Blake Treinen (5 saves, 1.2( ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-4 in 2017) Pitching probables: May 4: RHP Andrew Cashner (1-4) vs. RHP Daniel Mengden (2-3), 10:05 p.m., MASN2 May 5: RHP Kevin Gausman (2-2) vs. RHP Trevor...
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Josh Michael: With O's on West Coast, check out affiliates' promotions

Josh Michael: With O's on West Coast, check out affiliates' promotions
This week, I wanted to shift gears, just like the weather finally seems to be, and focus on some fun things going on at some of the Orioles' minor league affiliates' ballparks this weekend. Three of the four O's full-season affiliates will be home this weekend, with the high Single-A Frederick Keys being the lone affiliate on the road. The Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Double-A Bowie Baysox and low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds will all be home and there is a lot of fun to be had at their...
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Andrew Stetka: Davis' struggles don't mean contract was a mistake

Andrew Stetka: Davis' struggles don't mean contract was a mistake
Orioles manager Buck Showalter benched first baseman Chris Davis for a second straight game yesterday, giving him time to clear his head and work on some adjustments at the plate. Hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh was providing instruction this weekend for Davis, who is off to perhaps the worst start of his career. The 32-year-old is hitting just .167/.257/.256 with two home runs, 33 strikeouts and 10 walks. He's carrying around an OPS+ of 44 with 25 games under his belt. Any way you slice it, he...
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Opposite dugout: Angels flying low after quick takeoff

Opposite dugout: Angels flying low after quick takeoff
Manager: Mike Scioscia (19th season) Record: 16-12 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (10 HR, 18 RBIs, 5 steals), 1B Albert Pujols (5 HR, 14 RBIs), SS Andrelton Simmons (15 RBIs), DH Shohei Ohtani (4 HR, .341 average), RHP Garrett Richards (3-1, 4.88 ERA), RHP Kenyan Middleton (six saves, 2.40 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (4-2 in 2017) Pitching probables: May 1: RHP Alex Cobb (0-3) vs. RHP Nick Tropeano (1-2), 10:07 p.m., MASN2May 2: RHP Dylan Bundy (1-3) vs. LHP...
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Opposite dugout: Tigers in middle of the pack, but still battling and still surprising

Opposite dugout: Tigers in middle of the pack, but still battling and still surprising
Manager: Ron Gardenhire (1st season) Record: 10-13 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF Nicholas Castellanos (.330 with 16 RBIs), 1B Miguel Cabrera (.325 with 16 RBIs), OF JaCoby Jones (.275, .345 OBP), C James McCann (10 RBIs), LHP Francisco Liriano (2-1, 3.13 ERA) Season vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: April 27: RHP Mike Fiers (2-1) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (0-4), 7:05 p.m., MASN2April 28: LHP Francisco Liriano (2-1) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (1-3), 7:05 p.m., MASN2April 29: LHP Daniel Norris...
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Zach Wilt: What has to happen in May for O's

Zach Wilt: What has to happen in May for O's
As a baseball fan, April is a month that I look forward to all year long. As an Orioles fan in 2018, I can't wait for this April to be over. The O's have just three more games remaining in this terrible month. They're currently 6-19, 13 1/2 games back of first place in the American League East and 8 1/2 games back of a wild card spot - it's never too early to think about the wild card. Another couple of weeks of losing baseball and the Orioles will most certainly be looking to sell at the...
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"MASN All Access" podcast: Enrolling in the School of Roch

"MASN All Access" podcast: Enrolling in the School of Roch
Attention, attention: Class is in session. Even though it's late April, Paul and I are heading back to school - the School of Roch that is - as MASNsports.com's Orioles beat writer Roch Kubatko joins us on the latest episode of the "MASN All Access" podcast. The Orioles are in a slump. Everyone knows that. They have lost three straight, are 1-9 in their last 10 games and are in last place 11 1/2 games back in the American League East. Are there any rays of sunshine in sight? Roch tries to...
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Josh Michael: Lefty Lowther continues to improve his stock

Josh Michael: Lefty Lowther continues to improve his stock
Before the season began, I was extremely excited about the starting rotation that the low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were going to have due to the vast amount of talent it contained. So far, that excitement has been justified and the standout of the group has been left-hander Zac Lowther. The Shorebirds have one of the top three pitching staffs in the entire South Atlantic League and Lowther has been the ace of the staff in the early going. Lowther, who turns 22 next week, was drafted by the...
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